Pluteus cervinus    (Schaeff.) P. Kumm. 

common name(s) : Deer Shield, Fawn Mushroom 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Pluteaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Pluteales/Pluteaceae  

synonyms: Pluteus atricapillus, Pluteus curtisii ss.Berk. 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Pluteus curtsi)  

edibility : edible

photo gallery of  Pluteus cervinus
photo gallery of  Pluteus cervinus potential confusions with  Pluteus cervinus toxicity of Pluteus cervinus genus Pluteus  

The cap is brown to yellow-brown, with a central umbo. The cap surface is smooth.

The stem is whitish, without ring.

The flesh is unchanging; its taste is faint, of radish or raw potato; the odour is weak, of radish; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are white then pink, free, crowded (nb of gills per 90° ~ 29 ). The spore print is pink. This species is saprophytic. It grows on dead wood, in woods, on dead deciduous wood, sometimes coniferous wood or other rotting vegetal debris.

The fruiting period takes place from January to March.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 9 cm (between 2.5 and 15 cm)
  height of stem approximately 10 cm (between 4 and 15 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 14 mm (between 5 and 30 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : Dark brown cap, with radial fibrils; odour of radish or raw potato; stem with blackish fibrils on a white background; White gills, turning pink when mature, crowded; on dead wood

Pluteus cervinus is very frequent and very widely present in the forest of Rambouillet, and is frequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Pluteus cervinus in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Pluteus cervinus in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18